|Publication number||US7008067 B2|
|Application number||US 10/876,659|
|Publication date||Mar 7, 2006|
|Filing date||Jun 28, 2004|
|Priority date||Jun 28, 2003|
|Also published as||US20040264015|
|Publication number||10876659, 876659, US 7008067 B2, US 7008067B2, US-B2-7008067, US7008067 B2, US7008067B2|
|Original Assignee||Chaw Khong Technology Co., Ltd.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (7), Referenced by (16), Classifications (7), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to door mirrors of a motor vehicle and more particularly to an electrically operable pivoting actuator for the door mirror of the motor vehicle.
2. Description of Related Art
Folding of the door mirror relative to a motor vehicle is necessary in many situations. A folding over of the door mirror relative to the body of the car is occurred when, for example, an obstacle hits the door mirror from a rear position in which an angle from the fold-over position of the door mirror to the normal, operational position is defined as angle β. Further, a folding in of the door mirror relative to the body of the car is occurred when, for example, parking in a narrow space in which an angle from the normal, operational position to the fold-in position of the door mirror is defined as angle α.
Designs about angle α and angles β are well known. For instance, U.S. Pat. No. 6,130,514 disclosed an electrically operable pivoting actuator comprising a mirror base 11, a frame 12 fitted with the mirror base 11, a coupling gear wheel 26 sleeved on a base shaft 101 of the mirror base 11, a coupling member 30 on top of the coupling gear wheel 26, noses 32 and recessed portions 28 for providing a couple-limited claw coupling between the coupling member 30 and the coupling gear wheel 26, projections 31, fingers 103, and key ways 104 for providing a rotational securing and axial freedom of the coupling member 30 relative to the shaft 101, a helical spring 40 for exerting an axially downward directed pressure on the coupling member 30, an electromotor 20, a transmission system 21 coupled between the driven shaft 20' of the electromotor 20 and the coupling gear wheel 26, stop means including an annular top face 150, an inner ring 151, an outer ring 152, a first ring segment-shaped groove 153, inclined end faces 154 and 155, a second ring segment-shaped groove 156, inclined end faces 157 and 158, a first nose 159, inclined side faces 160 and 161, a second nose 162, inclined side faces 163 and 164, an annular top face 250, an inner ring 251, an outer ring 252, a third ring segment-shaped groove 253, inclined end faces 254 and 255, a fourth ring segment-shaped groove 256, inclined end faces 257 and 258, a third nose 259, inclined side faces 260 and 261, a fourth nose 262, and inclined side faces 263 and 264, and other associated means.
Components of the mirror base 11 and the frame 12 are caught when the extreme fold-out or fold-in position of the door mirror is reached. At this moment, the noses 32 fitted in the recessed portions 28 for enabling the coupling member 30 to move axially until contacting the detection means 300 thereunder. As a result, the detection means 300 is activated to stop the electromotor 20 for preventing further actions of the components from occurring as a safety means.
The desired angle α and angle β can be achieved by the patent mainly by the provision of ring segment-shaped grooves, noses, etc. However, it is known that there are a variety of shapes about the body of the car. As such, angle α and particularly angle β of one car can be different from that of the other car. Hence, it is often that ring segment-shaped grooves and noses are unique to one specific model of the car. In other words, mass production of a door mirror having the above electrically operable pivoting actuator is made impossible. As a result, the manufacturing cost is relatively high. Hence, a need for improvement exists.
It is an object of the present invention to provide an electrically operable pivoting actuator for the door mirror of a motor vehicle. The pivoting actuator can be produced in a large scale so that the manufacturing cost is relatively low.
It is another object of the present invention to provide an electrically operable pivoting actuator adapted to install in any of a variety of door mirrors of the motor vehicles without further modifications.
To achieve the above objects and features, the electrically operable pivoting actuator for a door mirror of a motor vehicle of the present invention comprising:
a frame comprising a channel at an annular frame part, an annular top groove around the channel, a transmission system spaced from the top groove, two idler gears meshed with the transmission system, a coupling gear wheel inside the top groove meshed with the idler gears, the coupling gear wheel including a central hole, an annular flange extended downward from an underside of the frame, two diametrically opposite slots on the flange, and resilient means rested on the coupling gear wheel, an annular lower groove around the channel in the underside of the frame, and a raised stop in the underside of the frame;
a cover together with the top groove and the transmission system to form a housing;
an electromotor in the cover, the electromotor having a driven worm extended into the frame to be meshed with the transmission system;
an annular coupling member secured onto a horizontally extended support of the door mirror, the coupling member comprising two diametrically opposite protuberances wherein one protuberance is adapted to engage with the stop of the frame for stopping a clockwise or counterclockwise rotation of the coupling member relative to the frame so as to define a predetermined angle α of the fold-in door mirror as an angle between an extreme position of the stop engaged with one protuberance and another extreme position of the stop engaged with the other protuberance; and
a shaft member inserted the coupling gear wheel, the shaft member comprising an annular base having a larger diameter, the base being fitted in the coupling member, and two diametrically opposite protrusions on the base, the protrusions being fitted in the slots of the coupling gear wheel.
Preferrably, the lower groove of the pivoting actuator of the present invention further comprises an inner ring segment-shaped groove and an outer ring segment-shaped grooves so that a predetermined angle β of the fold-out door mirror is defined as an angle between two extreme positions of the inner ring segment-shaped groove and the outer ring segment-shaped groove, the pivoting actuator further comprising an abutment ring under the frame, the abutment ring being fitted in the lower groove, the abutment ring being secured onto the coupling member, the abutment ring comprising a central hole with the flange fastened therein, three arc recesses equally spaced around an underside wall of the central hole of the abutment ring, two diametrically opposite inner and outer arc projections on top, the inner and outer arc projections being fitted in the inner ring segment-shaped groove and the outer ring segment-shaped groove of the lower groove respectively, and three arcuate projections on the base, the arcuate projections being alternate relative to the protrusions and being fitted in the arc recesses of the abutment ring .
The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description taken with the accompanying drawings.
A frame 10 having an annular frame part and a rectangular frame part, comprises a channel 11 (see
A cover 20 is shaped to conform to the top groove 12 and the top cavity 13 of the frame 10 so as to matingly couple to the frame 10 for forming a housing. An electromotor 21 is provided in the cover 20. The electromotor 21 is above the top cavity 13. The electromotor 21 is enclosed by a shroud 22. A driven worm 23 is extended from the electromotor 21 into the top cavity 13 to be meshed with the worm wheel 16, as shown in
An abutment ring 30 as shown in
An annular coupling member 40 having a central hole 41, a plurality of holes 43 equally spaced apart on top for snuggly receiving a plurality of legs 36 on the underside of the abutment ring 30 for fastening. The coupling member 40 is again secured to top of a horizontally extended support 61 of the door mirror 60 as shown in
A shaft member 50 is inserted through a central hole 180 of the coupling gear wheel 18 and disposed between the abutment ring 30 and the annular coupling member 40. The shaft member 50 comprises an annular recess 51 adjacent its top. The recess 51 is fastened by the latch section 510. The shaft member 50 further comprises an annular base 52 having a larger diameter, the base 52 being fitted in a central hole 41 of the coupling member 40, two diametrically opposite protrusions 53 on the base 52, the protrusions 53 being fitted in the slots 182 of the coupling gear wheel 18, and three arcuate projections 54 on the base 52, the projections 54 being alternate relative to the protrusions 53 and being fitted in the recesses 32 of the abutment ring 30.
Description of assembling the invention will be described in detail below. As shown in
Note that the provision of the stop 100 of the frame 10 further cooperating protuberances 42 and the predetermined flod-over angle β thus defined (i.e., from the angle of the stop 100 contacting one protuberance 42 to the angle of the stop 100 contacting the other protuberance 42) aims at adapting the invention to any of a variety of models of cars. In detail, a simple position modification of the protuberances 42 relative to the stop 100 of the frame 10 is sufficient to change the predetermined angle β, as shown in
It will be evident from the foregoing that the invention is highly adaptable. Further, the invention can carry out a mass production of the door mirrors 60 and thus reduce the manufacturing cost by suitably designing the stop 100 and the protuberances 42 for controlling the predetermined angle α of the door mirror 60 without modifying most components.
While the invention herein disclosed has been described by means of specific embodiments, numerous modifications and variations could be made thereto by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention set forth in the claims.
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|U.S. Classification||359/841, 248/466, 359/877|
|International Classification||B60R1/07, B60R1/074|
|Jun 28, 2004||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: CHAW KHONG TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:HSU, CHIH-PANG;REEL/FRAME:015525/0248
Effective date: 20030624
|Oct 12, 2009||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Mar 7, 2010||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Apr 27, 2010||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20100307